This is a message from Migrant Artists Mutual Aid https://www.facebook.com/pages/Migrant-Artists-Mutual-Aid/373484552680713?fref=t
Please read this and then help! There are template letters below the message. Writing an email might seem like a small action. but lots of small actions combined can create big actions- so please help- by writing, tweeting or phoning or Facebook posting. Please if everyone who follows this blog, shares this post or writes a letter, maybe we can keep a grandma, safe in the centre of her family where she belongs.
You can also go to the MAMA page All Grans Matter https://www.facebook.com/groups/300930176741724/?fref=ts because all Grannies do matter, get on the page and share your stories about being a grandma having a grandma- or about the lack of a grandma in your life. Lets show the Home Office the importance of families staying together! use the #allgransmatter
Our esteemed member of MAMA and the Vagina Monologues Cast Naome Kakunguwo is being detained in Yarl’s Wood at present, and has been issued with removal directions for Friday, 27th June, at 8pm on flight KQ101 from London Heathrow to Zimbabwe. She is not only a very active, supportive member of our community but also a grandmother who has taken on a crucial care role for her grandchildren and daughter, living in London as British citizens.
We need your support in contacting the airline and registering your concern for her removal, using the template letter above. Here are all the contact details.
Kenya Airways Airport Tel (Emergencies only): +44 020 8759 7366 Fax: +44 020 8745 5027
Tel : +44 20 82831800 Fax: +44 020 8283 1880
CEO Mr Titus Naikuni
You can also like and comment on the facebook page for Kenya Airways.
If you could also support her by contacting the Home Office with pictures and praise of child and grandmother relationships please use the following contact details and the template letter above as a guide. If you could put your own personal touch to it with your own story of grandmother(hood)...
Home Office Telephone number: 020 7035 4848/0870 606 7766
Fax: 020 7035 4745
Theresa May’s Westminster Office:
Tel: 020 7219 5206
Fax:020 7219 1145
Many thanks! And please contact me if you have any questions!
Migrant Artists Mutual Aid
Template letter 1 Theresa May
Rt Hon Theresa May MP,
Re: Naome Kakunguwo HO Ref k1108941/5
I have been informed that Human Rights campaigner at Migrant Artists Mutual Aid (MaMa) Naome Kakunguwo has been detained and fears her removal on Friday 27th. I would urge you to reconsider her deportation to Zimbabwe.
The consideration of her article 8 rights in the refusal of her asylum claim is that there is a lack of family life with her daughter and grandchildren. She is trying to be the grandmother her culture has taught her to be, and provide essential emotional and practical support to her London-based family. The claim that her refusal is proportionate to national interests is deeply disrespectful, considering the great role grandmothers are accepted to play in family life even in the UK, and the notion of denying someone this important relationship would be seen as completely unacceptable if it were to happen to a British family.
Having lived in the UK for nearly 13 years now, she has not only established her family life but also her private life within her community as an activist, volunteer and practising Christian.
I am particularly shocked that the Home Office made the decision to detain Naome and serve her with her refusal letter at the same time, denying her due process, consultation with her legal representatives. Removing her from her life, especially at such short notice, will have serious implications for her mental health.
I would urge you to reconsider your judgement, to cancel removal directions and to give Naome the chance to prove that she is entitled to her right to family and private life under Art.8.
Template letter 2 Kenya Airways
Dear Mr Titus Naikuni,
Mrs Naome Kakunguwo has been issued with removal directions by the Home Office for the 27th June and is to fly on Kenya Airways flight KQ101.
I would like to make you aware that she is going to be flying against her will and that her removal is infringing on her and her grandchildren’s right to a family life, and to her own right to a well established private life, since she has resided in this country for the last 12 years. Her right to appeal against the home office decision to refuse her asylum claim has been thwarted by the fact that she was detained at the same time as being given her refusal and therefore has not had a chance to consult with her legal representatives.
I am worried for her safety on-flight. Would you please alert your on-flight staff to the fact that they are carrying Ms Kakunguwo against their will and that security guards accompanying her may be using force and that medical attention may be needed if this should occur.Carrying a person against her will may also compromise the safety and comfort of the other passengers, and the reputation of Kenya Airways.
I therefore urge you strongly to reconsider playing a part in the forced removal of Ms Kakunguwo. It is a great injustice, and as a customer, I personally would decide against using an airline that is carrying people against their will.